There are many Historical places and monuments of Dubai worth visiting during your Dubai vacations. There are museums, Forts and archeological sites in and around Dubai. Visiting Bastakiya Quarters will give you the idea about how people lived in Dubai prior to the oil boom.
If you go around historic Bastakiya and explore the local houses alongside Dubai Creek you will get an idea about the life of Dubai residents. In the days before electricity and air conditioning, the local houses alongside Dubai Creek used to be cooled by wind towers. You can visit the traditional courtyard houses and ecologically sound structures they served in the newly restored Bastakiya district. In its vicinity is the modest museum, a bunch of cafés, some small art galleries and a new street market open only on every Saturday, in the calm of Dubai's city centre.
AL Fahidi Fort was established in 1799 and believed to be oldest structure in Dubai. It was built to defend the city from foreign invasion. The marvelous fort is named Dubai Museum where you can see Dubai’s heritage and rich culture since its inception in 1971. There is a collection of old maps of the Gulf and the Emirates, showcasing the urban expansion of Dubai from 1960 to 1980. Dubai Museum offers a virtual tour of desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trading. A collection of artifacts such as old weaponry and musical instruments made of goatskin is a highlight of the museum.
Constructed in 1900, the Grand Mosque’s ancient traditional Persian designs such as the domes, astounding sky-blue mosaic, sand-hued facades, handmade stained glass and wooden shutters are very impressive. All the way through its transformation, the mosque continues to be a significant center of Dubai’s religious and cultural life, with an intake capacity of 1,200 worshippers at a time. It is located near the Ruler’s Court on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek. The Grand Mosque was constructed with the traditional Islamic architectural design. It is having city’s tallest minaret nearly seventy meters tall. It has forty five small domes, not to mention the nine large ones displaying stained glass panels, which makes it a prominent landmark of Dubai’s place of worship.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
This house of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum built in 1896, was declared a national monument which is later restored as a museum after the death of Sheikh Saeed in 1958. This was the residential quarters of Dubai's former ruler who ruled Dubai from 1921 to 1958. The building is located along the Dubai Creek in the locality of Al Shindagha. It is known as the Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents of the Emirate of Dubai which includes many historical photographs of Dubai from its prehistoric period. The museum is divided into wings as per the different historical and cultural periods. Presently this museum boasts of photos that describe the different generations of the Al Maktoum family. The ancient culture and lifestyle of Dubai in the form of coins and stamps are on display which is considered to be of great evidence. The restoration of this house to a museum has not destroyed the traditional architectural designs as the wooden lattice screens, carved teak doors and windows, and the railings are still preserved. The ventilation screens that are set into the walls are designed with floral and geometric designs. The house also boasts of thirty rooms which are built around the central courtyard. There are two entrances to enter this house from two sides which are from the creek side as well as from the rear of the building which is believed to be the entrance of the family members.
Jumeirah Archaeological Site
It is very much important from the historical point of view. Archaeologists, researchers and historians from all over the world come here to study the digs and the artifacts from the 7th to 15th centuries AD discovered on this site. Tourists must obtain a special permit from Dubai Museum to visit the digs. Jumeirah Archaeological Site
is the largest and most important archaeological site in the United Arab Emirates, attracting a large number of visitors each year.
At the Jumeirah Archaeological Site, remains from the site link it to the 3-6th centuries AD when the Persian Sassanid Empire conquered and the Umayyad Dynasty in the 7th century when Islam arrived in the Gulf. The remains visible at the Jumeirah site include ruins of stone walls and ancient houses, possibly including the residence of a former governor. This archaeological site is completely surrounded by private homes and modern villas, in one of the heavily populated residential areas in Dubai.
Al Fahidi fort in Bur Dubai
One of the most important historical monuments in Dubai Al Fahidi Fort is located in the heart of the Dubai city at Bur Dubai. The oldest architectural masterpiece in Dubai, Al Fahidi Fort was built in the year 1799. This magnificent Fort is believed to be built with an aim to defend Dubai in case of attacks from the sea. Major expansion work was carried in 1830s – 1850s under the rule of Late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Buti.
The world-famous Palm Islands have become one of Dubai's most spectacular and unique landmarks. Palm islands were built at the request of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to further promote the city as a major tourist destination. These three artificial islands are named the Palm Deira, Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Jumeirah with each island being shaped like a palm tree. The Palm Islands have added more than 500 km of sandy beaches to the city, and are having apartments, water parks, restaurants, shopping malls and various marinas.
Built in 1890 and restored in 1994, the Heritage House is the rich pearl merchants’ house. Visitors are offered a traditional Emirate style snack such as chick-peas and tea. The house is patterned after an old Bastakiya building, built from coral and gypsum. It consists of two floors overlooking a genuine Arabian courtyard. Rooms are customarily decorated. You can see the majlis for the guests, as well as the main living room, where the family comes together.